Frank Martin reportedly lands new coaching job following firing from South Carolina
Frank Martin wasn’t even out of a job for 2 weeks.
The former South Carolina coach has reportedly landed the UMass job, according to a report from Matt Vautour of MassLive.com. The job has a family connection for Martin.
Martin, who was fired at South Carolina earlier this month he led the Gamecocks to the 2017 Final Four, struggled to duplicate that kind of season as he was just 5 games over .500 in the years that followed.
Martin previously coached at Kansas State and has a career record of 288-201 at the two schools.
Martin has ties to both the commonwealth and the University of Massachusetts. His wife Anya Forrest was a hurdler of the UMass track team in the 1990s. Their family donated to UMass’ refurbished track and field locker room project.
This is a good hire. In a lot of ways very similar to the Don Brown hire. Martin is an intense guy who has a real mutual love between him and his players https://t.co/NXoUXhr4to
— Matt Vautour (@MattVautour424) March 25, 2022
The report also noted that the focus of the search shifted to Martin after St. Bonaventure coach Mark Schmidt withdrew Wednesday. Martin would replace UMass coach Matt McCall, who was 15-17 this past season, and 8-7 in 2020-21.